39 Metro villages placed under election watch

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said that it had identified more than thirty villages in Metro Manila where violence could potentially erupt during the conduct of village elections next week.

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PNP Public Information chief Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said that 39 villages have been classified as election watchlist areas (EWA).

“There are parameters before a certain place can be classified or included in the list of EWA,” Sindac told reporters.

Based on the PNP list, the city of Manila has the most number of EWAS at 12, followed by Parañaque City, six, Taguig City, five and Makati City, 4.

The cities of Quezon, Las Pinas, Pasay and Navotas each had two EWAS, while Muntilupa, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig and Valenzuela had one each.

Overall, the PNP said that there 6,195 villages across the country are in the watchlist, while 156 villages were classified as election areas of immediate concerns (EIAC) where election related violence have been recorded.

As of Monday, 438 people have been arrested for violating the election gun-ban. Of this number, 410 are civilians, 16 were security guards, five police personnel, three government officials and three military personnel.

Anthony Vargas

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